San Antonio, garden birds

Oct 24, 2016 by Janine |
It has been a busy few weeks. Luckily we were spared the worst of Hurricane Matthew and only had some minor tree damage. We had the birdfeeders back out at dawn immediately after the storm passed. Since then I've picked up a few more painted buntings, as well as had some other migrants pass through.

Rose-breasted grosbeak

Northern parula

Red eyed vireo

Black throated blue warbler male

And female. All of the warblers have been enjoying these rouge berries.

Eastern Phoebe

Female Scarlet Tanager

Ruby throated hummingbird

Our wildlife cams have been catching plenty of interesting visitors.

By day: Catbird, Ovenbird, Cardinal, and Carolina wren

By night: Raccoons, Opossum with baby in pouch, Armadillo, and a pre-dawn Ovenbird

It has been a lot of fun watching what goes on in the garden when we are not looking!

Last week I was in San Antonio for a conference. Flying out of Palm Beach, I got a nice view of all the runoff stormwater draining offshore.

The Alamo

Market Square, the largest Mexican market in the US.

The highlight of the trip was the Bracken bat cave, home to millions of bats! It was amazing to watch them emerge at dusk. I had visited last spring, but this was much more impressive since there were many more fall migrant bats present.

We've also had our first cool front pass through in Florida, which has been a delight.

Before the storm

Oct 06, 2016 by Janine |
Hurricane Matthew is heading for South Florida this evening. Thought I'd get one more blog in before going offline for a while!

Bird activity has picked up in the last few days. We had our first painted buntings arrive a couple of days ago.

Hummingbirds have been arriving steadily

New one for the yard, Swainson's Thrush

Ovenbird bathing

Wren showering

Sentinel mockingbird

The local pileated woodpeckers have been taking an interest in the owl box. This one decided to widen the entrance hole enough so that it could fit inside. I don't know why since I doubt that the box is large enough for them to nest in. Guess I will have to look into reinforcing the entrance before the owls come back!

To those in Matthew's path... stay safe!